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Philly is ‘floating on opioids’: Civic leaders address drug crisis, share solutions (WHYY)

Shortly after Michael McMahon won Staten Island’s district attorney’s race in 2015, a young man collapsed on the street where he lived in the middle of the night. McMahon recounted this story and the approach he took as part of a panel organized by Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia Friday morning. The goal was to share lessons across cities, as Philadelphia wrestles with one of the nation’s highest overdose death rates amid a drug crisis that does not appear to be letting up.

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Severe bleeding reported in Maryland from synthetic marijuana (Fox43)

Health officials in Maryland have reported two more cases of severe bleeding problems in people who used synthetic marijuana. 

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Opioid epidemic puts strain on Baltimore budget, Naloxone availability (Baltimore Post-Examiner)

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings from Baltimore are working on legislation that requires the federal government to provide $10 billion to help fight the opioid crisis. The planned legislation was released Wednesday.

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Surgeon general wants Naloxone widely on hand. Is this feasible? (NBC News)

When Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory calling for more people to carry naloxone — not just people at overdose risk, but also friends and family — experts and advocates were almost giddy.

But the drug’s price is an issue, said Dr. Leana Wen, the city’s health commissioner, and an emergency physician. She suggested that the federal government negotiate directly for a lower price, or give more money to organizations and agencies like hers so they can afford to maintain an adequate supply.

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Severe bleeding reported in Maryland from synthetic marijuana (WENY)

Health officials in Maryland have reported two more cases of severe bleeding problems in people who used synthetic marijuana.

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Baltimore Wants to Reduce Elderly Fall Rate (AARP)

Baltimore, a city filled with older, multistory row houses and alley houses, has launched a program designed to reduce the number of falls among its elderly residents — and what the city says is $60 million in hospitalization costs annually.

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Baltimore health official warns of fake marijuana’s dangers (The Daily Record)

Baltimore's health commissioner is joining the call urging people to stay away from fake marijuana as cases of severe bleeding by users tick upward.

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Baltimore health official warns of fake marijuana's dangers (AP)

Baltimore's health commissioner is joining the call urging people to stay away from fake marijuana as cases of severe bleeding by users tick upward. 

Dr. Leana Wen says synthetic cannabinoids, frequently touted as natural products, are in fact "extremely dangerous." In a statement, she says the substance has untested chemical compounds that can have "devastating effects for users."

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Healthwatch with Dr. Leana Wen: Stabilization Centers, Protecting Seniors, and TPPI (WYPR)

On the April edition of Healthwatch, with Dr. Leana Wen: 

Dr. Wen discusses the city's first Stabilizatoin Center, cuts to the city's teen pregnancy prevention programs, and a new initiative to reduce falls among senior citizens. She answers our questions for the hour, and takes your calls, emails and tweets about your public health concerns.

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Plan to curb older adults from falling announced in Baltimore (The Frederick News-Post)

Baltimore officials say a plan to curb hospitalizations and emergency department visits related to older adults falling has been announced. A Baltimore City Health Department news release says Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen announced the new strategy Monday.

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